While family life has changed dramatically over the past decade, one fact remains the same: The first five years of a child’s life are vital for cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development. From birth, a child’s faith starts forming in the setting of family life and church community. Here are three steps you can take to be a pillar in your grandchild’s faith heritage.
1. Assess your Faith Style
Did you know you have dominant faith style? Take the simple quiz to determine your strengths, and get tips to avoid your blindsides when modeling the life of life with God for your family.
2. Learn, Absorb, Praise & Connect
Reading to a child from birth is so important that in 2014 the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a directive for its members to advocate for it in their practices. In faith life, reading is a gateway to the soul, a gift from God to grow closer to him. Our thoughtfully created Learn, Absorb, Praise & Connect collection packs a lot of power into books for snuggling with your little one.
3. Be Informed and Encouraged
New moms and dads need empathy and support. Couples wait longer to have children, and often go through miscarriage, infertility, and other trials before a child even comes home, whether through pregnancy, fostering, or adoption. The Newborn Promise Podcast offers three series with valuable insights for grandparents and grandparents-in-waiting. Get started with these episodes for understanding today’s new parents and their children: